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dave

climber
Earth
Topic Author's Original Post - Jan 12, 2013 - 01:14am PT
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Ha ha, not that one! The other one!

the real hose monster
the real hose monster
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I got called up from 2nd. string, by E, to go do this thing in Vegas. I'm glad the coach put me in cause I wanted to play!
My wife, the best wife in the world, gave the big O.K. you can go. So it was on!
The plan was to meet E down there, he would drive up from L.A. to start his month long ice trip and I would drive down from Bishop, rack, bivy and then get on that thing first thing..well kind of first thing, in the morning.

I retired to my bivy
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and grabbed e in the morning

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at his bivy
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Just kidding, he didn't bivy there, he bivied here:
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So off we went. Here is the first view you get, its really just a teaser.
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I don't think the approach would take that long, maybe 45 mins., but we stopped to take pictures, discuss safety protocol and look at bear tracks

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O.K. so they were raccoon tracks, same thing...

Any ways. So we're getting closer. She's showing us a little more. Man she's tall, slender and a littler out of my league, even for a Hose monster, she wouldn't be easy!
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Credit: dave

O.K. so we wander up there to get working on her, taking are time. Looking at some funny stuff that well...was interesting
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Our slow approach paid off because she was dripping wet when we got on her! I started pounding away as soon as I could.
Credit: EE
Credit: EE
Credit: EE

Notice the rain coat? Safety first! Being the rock climber that I am, you missed the part on this first pitch where I placed my last screw from a jam entre the icicle and the limestone, then gastoned off the rock to get a higher pick placement. E was sure to remind me that normally people place they're tool while hanging from the other one. I thought I was mixed climbing. Can you say flash pump? This was my 5th. day on ice in like 5 or 6 years, and by far the steepest 60 feet of ice I had ever led, good thing I didn't try to link it with the next pillar or sh#t could have got real interesting, and I wasn't ready for that. It was Vegas, I wanted to roll the dice a bit more before I totally crapped out!
Not a bad view from the end of that first pitch.
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So E came on up.
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He couldn't wait to go at her first this time. So off he went.
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He really gave it, and I scrambled on up as fast as I could. Which was probably really slow, man this sh#t was steep! First time on this pillar stuff for me, Lee Vining will feel slabby after this, I HOPE!
So I run up this little snow field thing with about 15' of ice to the ledge that marks the start of the crux pitch, "build" an anchor!
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and E comes on up.
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So here we are at the start of the crux pitch. And you may have noticed that the ole' Hoser was looking a little beat up at this point. What is that you may be asking yourself? I sure was, E sure was! WTF?
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But that didn't stop E. He said he'd just 'take a look' and next thing you know he was 20 feet up, delicately hooking and picking his way up before violating her, then she was finally screwed.
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Credit: dave
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So, ya, I had to follow this. This was by far the hardest pitch of ice I had ever climbed. It was about a solid 150' of business, about 90' of it was grade 5+, and then it let up to something in the 4 zone. Maybe it wasn't 150', but it was close and it felt like a mile, so what ev's! E styled that pitch. I climbed her like I played with that first girl in the vacant lot at 14. Not very good, plenty of enthusiasm but not really getting what I wanted! I flopped and choked and flew and left a tool 15' up and luckily the other one still in my hand. But I'll tell you, climbing back up to that tool, yelling TAAAKKKKEEE, took everything I had. When I finished that pitch I felt as beat up as I imagined that whore in Oceanside would have beat me if I hadn't ran away...oh thats a different story. I was pump phukd! We dubbed that pitch the 'rock candy' pitch, for obvious reasons. And if they're not so obvious, ask someone about dipping a string in some stuff we used to do and watch the crystallization that eventually forms on that string, thats what that pitch was. Get it?

But first an intermission
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So I got the last pitch and lets just say i called it the 'rain man mia' pitch. Missing in action, or mixed ice aid, the rain man was and wasn't there! But I still had my rain coat on, so at least I continued to practice safe..um..hosing, I think I was the hoser at this point cause I was fuct!
Credit: EE
Credit: EE

I eventually made it screw by screw, pumped silly. She ran me like I've never been ran!

She was for sure one
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Mungeclimber

Trad climber
the crowd MUST BE MOCKED...Mocked I tell you.
Jan 12, 2013 - 01:23am PT
i love the fact that people are climbing ice in Yos and the Desert! sik!
10b4me

Boulder climber
Somewhere on 395
Jan 12, 2013 - 01:24am PT
I've heard stories about that thing.
westhegimp

Social climber
granada hills
Jan 12, 2013 - 01:25am PT
Awesome!!!!!! :)
drljefe

climber
El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson
Jan 12, 2013 - 01:28am PT
Nice Dave!
mrtropy

Trad climber
Nor Cal
Jan 12, 2013 - 11:08am PT
Thanks- very nice report.
hossjulia

Trad climber
Where the Hoback and the mighty Snake River meet
Jan 12, 2013 - 11:21am PT
Made me sweaty and cold all at the same time.

So, is that some ice farming we see going on there?
BrassNuts

Trad climber
Save your a_s, reach for the brass...
Jan 12, 2013 - 11:53am PT
Nice hose job gents! Looks cool!
Brian

climber
California
Jan 12, 2013 - 12:02pm PT
I've climbed the Hosemonster twice, and both times there was a crack on the crux pillar, but I've never seen it so thin that you could see the rope and netting helping to farm/form the pillar (I assume that's what we're seeing). Nice job folks! Both of my ascents found the last pitch running with water and crazy thin as well. The crux pillar was steeper, but the final pitch was really the mental crux. How was the top of the top pitch? Thin where it connects to the rock and flows out of the little creek?
WBraun

climber
Jan 12, 2013 - 12:05pm PT
But that didn't stop E. He said he'd just 'take a look'

That's how it works with guys like him.

Good job guys, gnarly !!! ......
Ezra Ellis

Trad climber
WA, & NC & Idaho
Jan 12, 2013 - 12:11pm PT
Way to go Y'all, looks scarry!!!
Bruce Kay

Gym climber
BC
Jan 12, 2013 - 12:28pm PT
what a fantastic looking route! I see somebody farmed the pilars with that coil of fencing . We did the same up here with a freestanding pillar and it worked really well, and might have actually functioned as a sort of "mesh reinforcing " like in a concrete slab. Nice job. Flights from Bellingham to Vegas are 120 $ return right now so I'm kind of tempted to bomb down there and bring the ice gear along with the usual sport clipping stuff!

Very cool - thanks
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Jan 12, 2013 - 12:29pm PT
That's how it works with guys like him.

Innit?

How many great defeats have been saved by those little words,

'well I'll just have a look'

Great TR. Looks awesome.

DMT
Fritz

Trad climber
Choss Creek, ID
Jan 12, 2013 - 12:46pm PT
Awesome! My palms are sweaty now.
Hoots

climber
Toyota Tacoma
Jan 12, 2013 - 01:21pm PT
Hell yeah!
RP3

Big Wall climber
El Portal/Chapel Hill
Jan 12, 2013 - 01:41pm PT
WOW! That was fantastic!
mucci

Trad climber
The pitch of Bagalaar above you
Jan 12, 2013 - 02:00pm PT
Just a look, maybe the tip, see how it feels....

Thanks for sharing the screwfest with the E-man.
T2

climber
Cardiff by the sea
Jan 12, 2013 - 02:18pm PT
Kick ass!!! Nice report dave, glad you guys were able to bag that bitch.

(edit)
2nd String? What happend? First string guy must have been a wimp.
dave

climber
Earth
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 12, 2013 - 04:50pm PT
Ya some stuff in there holding that thing...um...together...? The top pitch was very wet and yes topping out the ice was about 10 inches wide or so and very thin where it spills out of the notch. I got the shortest screw in about half way into some blobby thing, and just kept going. You could say it was a little exciting, beautiful day in the mountains with plenty of on the edge sort of stuff, for me at least. I wore my hood the whole time, as it was by far the wettest ice I'd been on. Glad you guys enjoyed it!
bergbryce

Mountain climber
California
Jan 12, 2013 - 04:55pm PT



AWESOME!
Best TR of 2013 so far!
Walleye

climber
The Hot Kiss on the end of a Wet Fist
Jan 12, 2013 - 04:58pm PT
Good stuff, Mr Lane.. I enjoyed that alot. That E guy sure gets around..
10b4me

Boulder climber
Somewhere on 395
Jan 12, 2013 - 05:01pm PT
Climbing with E will cure you, or so they say. :-)
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Jan 12, 2013 - 05:01pm PT
Very NICE ICE job!
Dr.Sprock

Boulder climber
I'm James Brown, Bi-atch!
Jan 12, 2013 - 05:02pm PT
what happened to the Sagebrush?

company Ladies!

looks like a cool climb,
E

Social climber
Tujunga CA.
Jan 13, 2013 - 11:40am PT
bump.......for proper climbing content
dave

climber
Earth
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 13, 2013 - 12:57pm PT
I dont know about the Sagebrush 'Inn' but the cottontail ranch didn't do so well:
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How about this view
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10b4me

Boulder climber
Somewhere on 395
Jan 13, 2013 - 01:08pm PT
Bump, to keep on front page
Bruce Kay

Gym climber
BC
Jan 13, 2013 - 01:15pm PT
about the farming - the best material, as shown in one of your photos is a roll of mesh fencing strongly secured at the top. Especially if it hangs in a "spiral" then there is an ability to deform with the ice as the ice "flows" with gravity. plus there is a huge matrix upon which the ice forms. That matrix also creates reinforcement!

Rope offers little matrix and it will stretch but it will also break and there is no reinforcement.

A buddy of mine did exactly this up on Blackcomb at an ice farm and it worked and survived beautifully. Cheap and effective.
lucho

Trad climber
California
Jan 13, 2013 - 01:22pm PT
Nice job you guys, that thing looks sick!
E

Social climber
Tujunga CA.
Jan 13, 2013 - 01:36pm PT
the reinforcing material was plastic garden mesh prolly just to make water flow right...none of that stuff would support a fly.

cozgrove was that richard leversee that you were climbing with when the column blew out?
George R

climber
The Gray Area
Jan 13, 2013 - 04:58pm PT
Very cool !!!
G
Tork

climber
Yosemite
Jan 17, 2013 - 04:39pm PT
Nice Dave!
couchmaster

climber
pdx
Jan 17, 2013 - 08:23pm PT
Your writing flows better than that ice, and the ice was looking pretty nasty (good). Bitchen report, thanks for sharing it man.
Elcapinyoazz

Social climber
Joshua Tree
Jan 17, 2013 - 09:05pm PT
Nice one. That's an adventure.
Stewart Johnson

climber
lake forest
Jan 17, 2013 - 09:08pm PT
gotta love the desert ice...
F10

Trad climber
Bishop
Jan 17, 2013 - 09:52pm PT
Nice job guys,

Heard of the VHM in some old mags,
the only thing that looked familiar were some of those approach places on the 95

Great pics
E

Social climber
Tujunga CA.
Jan 18, 2013 - 09:17am PT
that is a proud route....prolly 5+ in two spots.


way harder but reminisant of the ames ice hose



sure glad that igot er on a plastic day ....warm temps that day in town.
its a must do for all modern frozen water specialists.

hey cozzy lets hear the story about the pillar rippin off...same thing happened to us the first time that I tried it.

EE
10b4me

Boulder climber
Somewhere on 395
Jan 18, 2013 - 10:48am PT
Bump
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Jan 18, 2013 - 11:08am PT
Finding ice in all the right places....well done!
healyje

Trad climber
Portland, Oregon
Jan 18, 2013 - 11:13am PT
Nice TR and picks...
can't say

Social climber
Pasadena CA
Jan 18, 2013 - 11:21am PT
Way to get after it guys.
go-B

climber
Hebrews 1:3
Jan 18, 2013 - 11:42am PT
That crack in the pillar looks pipe, but you and Homes did some Hose'ing, way to bang it out!
dave

climber
Earth
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 18, 2013 - 04:47pm PT
That crack in the pillar looks pipe

Whats that mean go-b?
Flanders!

Trad climber
June Lake, CA
Jan 18, 2013 - 05:54pm PT


Nice pics Dave, and good job on the HM. You are on a roll
this year, let's hope the Tears in Yosemite stays in !
S.Leeper

Social climber
somewhere that doesnt have anything over 90'
Jan 18, 2013 - 06:05pm PT
nothing like the beauty of a giant ice pillar!!!

nice work!!
Flanders!

Trad climber
June Lake, CA
Jan 19, 2013 - 07:53pm PT


Is it still in ?
can't say

Social climber
Pasadena CA
Jan 20, 2013 - 08:03am PT
E and Dave bump
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